The International Olympic Committee (IOC), has announced the final list of bidders following the deadline for submissions,which elapsed on Wednesday.
Los Angeles, Hamburg, Rome, Budapest and Paris will compete, to host the 2024 summer Olympic Games, after which the winning bid will be announced at a session in Peru in 2017.
“The IOC welcomes five outstanding cities to this strong competition,” IOC President Thomas Bach said in a conference call.
“From today on, these cities are candidate cities and are in competition for the honour and obligation to host the Olympic Games 2024.”
The IOC changed the rules in August to ensure every city bidding for the 2024 Olympics progresses to the final vote.
The change came after a disappointing campaign for the 2022 Winter Games, where just two candidates – Kazakhstan’s Almaty and eventual winner Beijing – stayed in the race after four others pulled out.
“What we wanted to achieve is that the candidate cities show how Olympic Games would fit into their long-term strategy and vision for their city rather than the other way around,”
In a bidding race predicted to be the most hotly contested for at least a decade, Los Angeles, is hoping to stage the Games for a third time after 1932 and 1984.
Paris, which had a failed bid for the 2012 Olympics, is eager to stage its own centennial Games after hosting them for the second and last time in 1924.
Rome, the 1960 hosts, had briefly campaigned for the 2020 Olympics before the government pulled the plug over budget concerns, while Budapest is seeking to join Russia as the only Eastern European countries to land the Summer Games.
Hamburg, which will hold a referendum in November on whether the city actually wants the Games, is proposing an inner-city Olympics with venues within walking distance for athletes after it beat out Berlin in Germany’s bid race. The German port has never hosted the Games before.